|Juan Pablo Socino celebrates|
With Uruguay looking to become increasingly more integrated into global rugby the country´s new rugby stadium, Estadio Charrrua will play host to England´s first match of its South America tour. A South American XV will play host to England in Montevideo this coming Sunday. It is not to be a team made up of South America´s best plasyers but rather an exhibition match similar to that of the Barbarians.
Earlier today CONSUR confirmed the twenty-three players for the match. Of them the largest contributors are Argentina and Uruguay who are to have eleven and ten players each. Brazil and Chile make up the numbers with one player each. The side is trained by three former international players - Pumas backrower Rolando Martín and flyhalf Federico Todeschini in combination with Los Teros prop Pablo Lemoine.
Included in the squad are arguably the best Brazilian and Chilean players from the rest South American Championship - Pablo Huerte and Moíses Duque. Both players are back in South America after having spent time in France earlier on in the season. Huerte could very well start in the secondrow in combination with 22 year old Los Jaguares secondrower César Fruttero. Duque, meanwhile will be looking to be one of the starting centres but will have his work cut out given Argentina´s Juan Pablo Socino and Uruguay´s Santiago Gibernau are both in the squad.
Socino is one of a few notable players in the squad. He was in the RFU Championship Dream team in 2012 but left England play for French side Dax in the Pro d2 this past season. He will return to England for the 2013-2014 season and do so having turned down an offer to play for Benetton Treviso in the Rabo Direct Pro 12 and Heineken Cup. In saying no the the contract he was saying no to a chance of representing Italy. Socino remains a player who could develop for the future ad become a Puma. Another is Tomás Carrrrio who is likely to start at fullback. He impressed in the South American Championship. The three most notable players though are Bruno Postiglioni, Tomás De la Vega and Tomás Cubelli. All were in the squad for the 2012 Rugby Championship and all are in the frame for Rugby World Cup 2015.
Cubelli will likely captain the South American XV from scrumhalf and join either Benjamín Madero or Santiago González Iglesias in a scrumhalf-flyhalf combination. Curiously the one position in which Argentina has not contributed notable players is at prop. Instead the starting props could very well both be Uruguayan. Two of Alejo Corral, Mario Sagario and Oscar Duran loom as the likely staring props in a frontrow combination likely to see Bruno Postiglioni play at hooker.
South American XV Squad
1.- Agulla Belisario | Wing | Argentina
2.- Ahualli Antonio | Backrow | Argentina
3.- Avalos Arturo | Hooker | Uruguay
4.- Carrio Tomás | Fullback | Argentina
5.- Corral Alejo | Prop | Uruguay
6.- Cubelli Tomás | Scrumhalf | Argentina
7.- De la Vega Tomás | Backrow | Argentina
8.- Duran Oscar | Prop | Uruguay
9.- Fruttero Cesar | Secondrow | Argentina
10.- González Iglesias Santiago | Flyhalf | Argentina
11.- Gaminara Juan | Backrow | Uruguay
12.- Gibernau Santiago | Centre | Uruguay
13.- Huetes Pablo | Secondrow | Chile
14.- Klapenvach Nicolás | Hooker | Uruguay
15.- Leivas Leandro | Wing | Uruguay
16.- Madero Benjamín | Flyhalf | Argentina
17.- Magno Diego | Backrow | Uruguay
18.- Moises Duque | Centre | Brazil
19.- Ormaechea Agustín | Scrumhalf | Uruguay
20.- Ortega Desio Javier | Backrow | Argentina
21.- Postiglioni Bruno | Hooker | Argentina
22.- Sagario Mario | Prop | Uruguay
23.- Socino Juan | Centre | Argentina
Argentina v South America XV 2011